When it comes to our learning solutions, design is more than just making things look nice. Understanding and implementing visual design principles can have a strong impact on how the learner perceives, comprehends, and remembers a course. Any learning experience has potential to be enhanced through the power of visual media, but it is the designer’s decision to choose which aspects both fit the content being presented and the expectations of the learners so as not to distract from the training objective.

In this checklist, 24 Things Learning Professionals Should Know About Visual Design, you will find key design principles split into three categories: graphic space, visuals, and text/typography. For each category there is a list of components you should consider when designing your solutions to ensure that your visuals are adding and not detracting from the overall learning experience.